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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Danish court confirms ban on Sikh carrying ceremonial knife

A Danish court ruled Tuesday that it was illegal for a Sikh man to carry the 'kirpan' ceremonial knife that he traditionally gets at baptism.

The Eastern High Court said that although Indian national Ripudaman Singh wore the blunt knife as a 'religious symbol,' it was still a violation of a ban on bearing weapons, including knives, except for carrying out a trade, hunting, fishing or other recreational activities....

The six-panel court also ruled that the 18-centimetre knife should remain confiscated, although one of three lay judges wanted to hand the knife back to the defendant.
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